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    July 8, 2011
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>> this is "bbc world news." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.m >> union bank has put it global
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expertise to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> the british prime minister says he wants to get to the bottom of the phone hacking scandal and promises a public inquiry led by a judge. >> people want clarity, real clarity, about how this came to pass, about the responsibilities we all have for the future. >> death of an abducted journalist, pakistan responds angrily to american accusations that it sanctioned his killing. desperate and facing starvation, british aid agencies launch an appeal to help the 10 million people at risk of famine in east africa. welcome to "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy. also in this program -- more anti-government protests anticipated in the syrian flash point city of hamas.
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the u.s. ambassador is there to observe. and ready for liftoff, but weather threatens to delay the last-ever journey into space. >> speaking in the last few minutes, the british prime minister, david cameron, has said a full, public inquiry headed by a judge will be set up to look into the phone hacking scandal of britain's best-selling newspaper, "news of the world." he said he takes full responsibility also for making the paper's former editor, andy coulson, the director of communications and expects to be judged on that. while there are reports that mr. coulson will be arrested, let's go live now to the news conference in downing street. >> and that isn't just about relationships with news international. that applies to everybody.
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and i think that's where we really need -- and i think that's where we have a genuine opportunity. this is, if you like, a sort of cathartic moment for politicians to say we're going to have these inquiries, they're going to be difficult for everybody to learn the lessons of, they're going to come out hopefully with a new way of regulating the press that ensures press freedom but also press responsibility, and then the politicians are going to step up to the plate and stop, frankly, just trying to curry favor with the media, but instead regulate properly so that actually we have a better situation. this is a huge opportunity if we get it right. the point i make about this is there are proper organizations and procedures for looking at mergers and takeovers in this country. i know that people have concerns, they have concerns about things like plurality. they have concerns about things like competition. they have concerns about who is fit and proper and right to own a newspaper or run a
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broadcasting license, and i think it's very important that this is done in the proper way with advice from the proper bodies. it is not appropriate for a prime minister to say, i quite like that person to run a newspaper, but not that person, or that organization to win a broad casting license, but not that person. that would take us to a very dangerous place. what we have in this country is proper bodies to look at competition, plurality, fitness. they must all do their job. they must all do their job based on the relevant and up-to-date information, and they must all make their views known. let's have channel 5. >> andy bell, 5 news. you say now you want everything to change, but the fact is that after everything has come crashing down this week, you did have a chance to take a lead as party leader first and then as prime minister, and you didn't do it in trying to take these relationships. are you sorry that you didn't do that now? >> well, i don't really accept the premise of that question. on wednesday, i said very clearly that we are going to
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have not an inquiry, but inquiries. and today i'm putting the flesh on the bones of those inquiries and starting to set out how they're going to work. i think i've also been very frank for politicians to point the finger, appalling practice over here or police have got it wrong over here. i think this is the miss the part of the point to say what's gone wrong in the relationship, who's responsible, and to accept part of that responsibility. i think there is a similarity of expenses where, frankly, you could point to some parties having a better record than other parties. but the fact is that the politicians have not spoken up about it, and they need to. this is a wake-up call, and the question is -- >> david cameron with that ongoing press conference at downing street. let's go now to our westminster studio, speak to the chair of parliament, culture, media and sports committee, john whittingdale. what do you make of what you heard there, two inquiries
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being announced, and the prime minister saying he takes full responsibility for the appointment of andy coulson, saying he would have accepted rebekah brooks' resignation. >> i think the prime minister is right on all counts. there clearly needs to be a very thorough inquiry, both into what happened and the way it was handled by the police. i think the fact that they are going to be independent with powers is absolutely right. david cameron employed andy coulson. he said that he did so. he obviously did so on the assurances which he was given by andy coulson and, indeed, which andy coulson gave to my committee two years ago that he had no knowledge in phone hacking. there must now be a question mark over there. we need to get to the full truth on all these matters. >> on his specific disappointment, how many should reasonably be expected to be made of what he's actually telling you or the prime minister?
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>> in the case of my subcommittee, witnesses appear in front of us as part of parliamentary proceedings, and to mislead a committee in parliament is a very serious offense. little a contempt of parliament, and people can be summoned to account if it is shown that they have. we don't know whether andy coulson or several other witnesses that we had from the "news of the world" did mislead leaders. we certainly thought that they weren't telling us the correct information. they said that there was just one reporter involved, and that was plainly untrue. at the moment, whether they individually knew it to be untrue, we don't yet know, but that's another reason why this whole matter needs to be thoroughly investigated. >> what about the second inquiry that was announced, regulating the british press, saying that the friendships and networks that operate between press and journalists are incredibly widespread, very deep, operates at very top levels of both those establishments, that that's all going to be examined. really? is that going to change?
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>> well, i think it is a recognition of the fact that the existing system completely failed to prevent these appalling abuses, and obviously it does need to be looked at. i think system certainly toughened. i would be very, very reluctant to go down the road of government regulation of the press. i think that's very dangerous. but the existing self-regulatory system is plainly not strong enough, and that's what we need to examine. >> thanks very much indeed for joining us there from westminster. other news now -- thousands of people are gathering in cairo to protest over the slow pace of change in egypt. hundreds of thousands of egyptians took to the streets to topple president hoss me mubarak from power. the interim government has promised elections in september with a presidential ballot later, but many protesters want elections sooner, and they want mr. mubarak and his officials put on trial more quickly. israel's reinforced security at its airport where hundreds of pro-palestinian activists are expected to arrive in an
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attempt to join a week-long protest in the west bank. foreign airlines have been asked to prevent named individuals boarding flights to israel. the activists insist their protests will be peaceful. a man suspected of shooting seven people in the u.s. state of michigan is reported to have killed himself after a standoff with police. the authorities in the city of grand rapids say that rodrick dantzler was a suspect in the death of nine people, including two children. he'd been holding two hostages, they were released unharmed. now, pakistan has responded angrily to comments by america's highest-ranking military officer, admiral mike mullen, the government in islamabad sanctioned the killing of a pakistani journalist. saleem shahzad was kidnapped near his home in may. his body was found two days later in punjab province. joining me now from islamabad is aleem maqbool. aleem, the circumstances of his death were really quite
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staggering. inevitably it provoked a row. >> yes, that's right. he was killed at the end of may. he was picked up very close to here one evening, and he was found beaten to death a couple of days later. saleem shahzad had just written an article about what he found was a link about elements within pakistan's navy and al qaeda. it's something that is an issue that still very much taboo here in pakistan. authorities come down very harshly on those who write about topics like that. there are a lot of people in pakistan who felt, in the media, human rights groups, that the intelligence agency, the very powerful intelligence agency here, the i.s.i., was involved in that. it's something that caused a lot of criticism of the i.s.i. and authorities. but for an american official, a senior official about mike mullen really does heap the pressure on the authorities here. >> and there is huge pressure obviously on the question of the i.s.i. and the security
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within the i.s.i. will this really make matters actually more difficult, or is this just part of the ongoing between pakistan and america? >> well, the government has said that these remarks are extremely irresponsible in its words and also that it's unhelpful in the investigation to find out exactly what did happen in saleem shahzad's killing. but a lot of people feel that investigation is just a sham, that we won't actually get the real answers. so they feel -- some people here feel this criticism and these remarks from mike mullen are justified. but on the other hand, as you rightly say, we are in a period where there's a great deal of tension between the two countries, and there has been really for the last few months since the finding of osama bin laden, of course, and the killing of osama bin laden by american forces here in pakistan. and there are serious strains in that relation right now. >> ok, more from you later, thanks very much indeed, aleem
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maqbool in islamabad. preparations and celebrations are underway for south sudan's independence following a referendum in january to become africa's neweth state at midnight local time. let's speak now to our guest in juba, who is lise grande, the u.n. deputy resident and humanitarian coordinator in south sudan. she is in juba for us. this is obviously a momentous time in the country and indeed in the region. lise, can you hear me? >> yes, i can. i just heard you. a what you do you think are the greatest risks now for the republic of sudan as this moment of independence comes? >> i think that what we're looking at in south sudan is
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probably the largest building exercised that we've seen in the 20th and 21st century. the challenges in front of the new government of southern sudan are absolutely enormous. in the coming months, the government is going to have to decide how to distribute political power, how to organize the economy, how to structure its military, how to deliver public goods and basic services. i don't think we've seen anything on this scale, as i said, for more than 100 years. the south is going to have to be doing all of these different things based with the largest capacity gap in africa, and it is, as we know, one of the most underdeveloped faces on the place of the planet. having said that, the record of the south in the last six years during the comprehensive peace agreement is truly impressive. i don't think there's any place elsewhere so few people have achieved so much in such a short period of time, and that's why all of us who are here are confident that although the challenges are enormous, although they can't
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be underestimated, there is every indication that the south will succeed. >> do you feel that the neighbors, the international community is doing enough to help in the formation of this country against this background of immense poverty? >> i think in terms of how we can support the government of southern sudan, it's clear when you look at how many things they need to do and how quickly they need to do that, we're going to be faced with a situation where probably a kind of a marshal plan for south sudan is going to be necessary. on the government side, they need to establish democratic transparent structure. they need to get their government in order. what we need to support them with a lot of assistance. it's not something we can do in five years or 10 years. it's going to take a generation. that's why the international community needs to be prepared to stay the course. >> thanks very much indeed for joining us there live in juba
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in southern sudan. thank you. now, britain's disaster emergency committee is the latest agency to launch an appeal for funds to tackle the food crisis in east africa. it's all playing out in that region of sudan. hundreds of thousands of people are streaming out the worst-hit areas of somalia and refugee camps in other parts of the region. well, more than 1,300 people are seeking help at a refugee camp in eastern kenya every day. it's already the biggest camp in the world with a population of 250,000. bbc's ben brown is there. >> this is a dusty, desolate place, but still, they flock here in the thousands. somali refugees desperate to escape civil war and now their latest curse, drought. the infants are the weakest of the new arrivals. there's not much of them to measure. >> 100. >> tiny bodies ravaged by
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malnutrition and dehydration. this nurse from switzerland, every day she saves lives here, but sometimes her patients die and she grieves for them. >> i saw a crowded area. i went there, and the baby was changed. i took, it i tried to do something, but outside, you cannot do anything, so it just died in my arms, and it's really hard. >> so many people are flooding in here. there's not enough food, water, or shelter for them all. relief workers are struggling to cope. >> this camp is growing all the time, becoming increasingly overcrowded and unsanitary as well. aid agencies are stretched to the very limits, and more people are arriving with every day that passes, well over 1,000 of them fleeing from civil war and now from drought as well in their native somalia. no one here has any intention of going home any time soon.
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ben brown, bbc news at a refugee camp. >> you're watching "bbc world news." still to come -- syria accuses the united states of involvement in the anti-government protests that began four months ago. we'll be live in damascus. >> it's the highest lottery prize ever offered in european history. >> perhaps with a big lottery win you buy a flash supercar or maybe perhaps a luxury home, possibly even a never-ending holiday of a lifetime. but better yet, what about buying the whole lot? because if you win the euro millions this week, there's no doubt you could afford it all. across europe, ticket sales are soaring, from spain to switzerland, ireland to france, people all over are trying their luck at winning the 185 million euro jackpot. this store in belgium, for
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instance, has seen an unprecedented surge of wannabe winners. >> i think it's one of the best weeks of the year. people came on more, and we're expecting the crazy day. >> the highest ever lottery win on european soil was in italy's super lotto two years ago. back then, one lucky ticket netted just under 148 million euros, but if tonight's jackpot is won by a single winner, that record will be smashed. but it won't just be good news for that person. the rules of euro millions don't allow the jackpot to grow beyond the 185 million euro, so any extra money being raised by the additional ticket sales is cascading down, swelling the size of the next prize here. ok, so the list of ticket-only
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hopefuls has just gone up by one of course but in the runup to the draw in paris, some countries say they're going to be selling up to 1,000 of these a second, each one potentially the key to a life-changing sum of money. matt cole, bbc news, brussels. well, for now, at least. if i win, i'll see on you the beach in barbados very soon. >> this is "bbc world news." the headlines -- david cameron has said there will be a full judgment inquiry on the phone hacking scandal that led to the closure of the best-selling sunday newspaper, "news of the world." and pakistan reacts angrily to american accusations that the journalists -- that the journalist saleem shahzad died at the hands of the i.s.i. aaron is here, just back to the whole murdoch question. we've got the announcement of two inquiries here in the --
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within the last hour. and the knock-on he focus for bskyb, what does that do to murdoch's numbers? >> this is what the markets are looking at now, two big questions about the decision yesterday from the murdoch empire to get rid of "news of the world." a, did that they do simply so sacrifice some very prospective journalists, etc., did they get rid of "news of the world" to keep that very top executive, of course, in the murdoch empire, rebekah brooks, or have they done it to try to appease the u.k. regulator for the media industry, so the murdoch empire is seen as fit and proper, as a fit and proper owner of -- to take full control of bskyb. the murdoch empire, they own 39% of bskyb. we are talking about the very successful british broadcaster, but the murdoches have been trying to gain all 100% control. but if you look at the numbers, here's the telling tale.
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the "sun" newspaper, the sister to "news of the world" had sales of about a billion dollars last year, they made a profit of 142 million dollars, but if you look at the entire picture of the murdoch empire, we are talking about global sales of $33 million last year and a profit of $642 million. so, of course, this newspaper side of it is really, you know, it's an outpost, if you will, a very small outpost in the whole empire. what makes the big money for the murdochs is the television business, the fox business, for example, has sales of $15 billion. bskyb made sales and profits of about eight billion, so they are very keen to get bskyb, so many thinking getting rid of "news of the world" is part of this plan. i'm going to talk to a competition lawyer in about 10 minutes' time about this. >> thanks, aaron. now, syria has accused the united states of involvement in the anti-government protests
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that began four months ago. the syrian foreign ministry says an authorized visit by the u.s. ambassador on thursday to the city of hamas where there were further anti-government protests was proof of efforts to escalate the situation to instability. the state department says robert ford planned to stay there to see mass protests expected today after friday prayers. let's go live to damascus, the syrian capital, where we're joined by a media advisor to president al assad. why do you object to the ambassador being there to observe these protests? >> well, we don't object to that, we object to the fact he broke the prime minister, exactly as we have to get through the state department.
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the second thing is the foreign ministry, the state department in washington are now unprecedented announcement, saying that our ambassador is in hamas, and the third thing is that the ambassador arrived very very time when demands of the mask and the civil society in hamas and the syrian authority was supposed to have a meeting to negotiate the situation of the town, so he arrived there in order to undermine the syrian effort of talking about the problem in hamas and trying to put a solution to what has gone on in hamas. >> well, opposition activists say many people have been killed, 1, hundred people in total now -- 1,300 people in total now have died in recent months, and if the ambassador
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wants to observe how you are handling security, surely that is legitimate, because it's not legitimate for a state to kill its own people. >> well, we have a new site of doing that, because how could the ambassador arrive into a very dangerous area? they have relations with these people who are carrying on and who are preventing the people of opening the world and preventing employees from reaching this. actually, very dangerous what's going on is syria. >> more than half a million people are expected to gather at cape canaveral on florida's coast to watch the space shuttle atlantis lift off for the very last time. after three decades, millions of kilometers, it's the final
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flight for america. but right now it's the weather that everyone has got their eye on, because these are live pictures. stormy weather is threatening to delay the launch. weather forecasters saying conditions don't look good for atlantis getting away on time, 11:26 local time. they say there's only a 30% chance of good conditions for that takeoff. is it going to happen? >> well, there is some good news, because we've heard that nasa engineers believe that there's a realistic possibility that the shuttle might go off, because there could be a break in the weather in six hours' time. the reason for that is that they've decided to put fuel in the giant external tank. that's a big deal. that means that they think they could get the shuttle on its way. as you said, there are between half a million to a million people expected to watch this. once they heard this news, they
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began converging in this area. already it's just after 5:00 in the morning here. but the surrounding area is absolutely gridlocked. the big screens are all in force on the beaches, in the bars, so despite battering rain that's going on at the moment, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed to see atlantis. >> oh, we just lost him live there, i think. those are the live pictures to the kennedy space center. i don't think we can get him back, i'm sorry. but anyway, we got the gist of it. hopefully that launch will indeed go ahead. an iconic moment, of course, for america. let me remind you now of our main news today. david cameron, the british prime minister, has announced two inquiries including a judge-led independent inquiry into events around the "news of the world" and the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed britain with politicians, press, and the
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police all involved, plus a separate inquiry into how to regulate the british press. much more, of course, at the website, bbc.com/news. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.
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